MEM23199 - Prehistoric clearance cairn on Lanacombe (Monument)

Summary

A prehistoric clearance cairn was visible as an oval mound during field investigation in 2013. Two stones are exposed on the surface.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service were contracted to undertake a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. Visible was an oval mound measuring 2 metres on its longer axis and up to 0.1 metre high. Two stones were exposed and others were located below the vegetated surface. This feature is located on the downslope side of a drainage ditch and it is possible that the stony material derives from that; however, the feature lies beyond the visible extent of spoil from the ditch elsewhere so is more probably a discrete feature. [1] The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project undertook a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. Noted was a spread of stones 2 metres in diameter at the downslope end of a low ridge of apparently natural origin. Two stones are exposed and others were located by probing. The feature is most likely a clearance cairn of prehistoric date and forms part of the field system MSO7102. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G.. 2013. Lanacombe, Great Buscombe, and Trout Hill, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. 11, 56.
  • <2> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7715 4206 (1m by 1m)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Lanacombe): ELN13(18)

Record last edited

Dec 22 2014 12:12PM

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